For many years, the Nomos recipe for watchmaking success was straightforward: take clean-yet-quirky dial details with a few dashes of colour, set this against a neutral black or white backdrop and wrap the whole thing into a steel case. Not the most groundbreaking approach, but it’s certainly been effective in helping Nomos – once the definition of ‘a watch lover’s watch brand’ – grow in popularity to the point where it’s now an increasingly important player. Of course, with growth comes the need to evolve and innovate. And so, in the past few years Nomos has been busy on both fronts, developing the Swing System and slim new neomatik movements, as well as experimenting with precious metals (on the Lux and Lambda) and some new colour schemes (though to be fair, they’ve dabbled palette-wise before, but typically with their limited editions).
The somewhat teutonically named Metro neomatik Champagner is a perfect example of this ‘new Nomos’, powered by the impressive neomatik DUW3001 movement and decked out in soft champagne tones, with popping neon highlights originally seen on the ‘First Edition’ series. (In fact, the only discernable difference between that limited series and this regular production model is the shade of the ‘neomatik’ dial text.) A natural coloured, vegetable tanned strap completes the picture. With a 35mm case suited equally to men or women, the neomatik Champagner represents a clear evolution of the Metro, first released in 2104. There are now six models in the collection, and while the look is still unmistakably ‘Nomos’, the inclusion of this neutral Champagner and the inky Nachtblau version are proof that the brand is ready and willing to push into new territories. We can’t wait to see what they’ve cooked up for Basel 2017 – early hints suggest something nautical.
Nomos Metro neomatik Champagner Australian price
Nomos Metro neomatik Champagner, $5690